EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ Michigan State senior safety Isaiah Lewis, who started 40 of 53 career games, will represent the North in Saturdayâ€™s Reeseâ€™s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. NFL Network will televise the Senior Bowl from Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 4 p.m. EST. Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith leads the North Team.
A first-team All-Big Ten selection by the leagueâ€™s head coaches, Lewis started 12 of 13 games in 2013 and finished sixth on the team in tackles (58 total: 29 solos, 29 assists) and production points (147 during the regular season). He ranked second on the team in passes defended (10 total: two interceptions and eight pass break-ups) and pass break-ups (eight).
The 5-foot-10, 208-pound Lewis closed out his Spartan career with four stops, including a half tackle for loss, in Michigan Stateâ€™s 24-20 victory over fifth-ranked Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game. The 13-1 Spartans finished the 2013 season ranked third in the final Associated Press and USA TODAY Polls.
â€œIsaiah Lewis is a solid all-around football player,â€ MSU assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said. â€œHeâ€™s a tough, athletic guy, who has a nose for the ball. Lewis is one of the hardest hitters we have on our team, and he always shows up on game day, especially for an all-star game.â€
â€œIsaiah Lewis is a very explosive football player,â€ Spartan secondary coach Harlon Barnett said. â€œHe plays with power, and heâ€™s a very good tackler. Isaiah has good speed, quickness and ball skills. I guarantee that he will play at 100 miles per hour in the Senior Bowl.â€
Lewis produced a career-best 13 tackles (nine solos, four assists) and a pass break-up in MSUâ€™s 34-24 win over second-ranked Ohio State in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game. He also accounted for a career-high 31 production points against the Buckeyes.
In his final appearance in Spartan Stadium, Lewis registered six tackles and a pass break-up as Michigan State completed its first-ever 8-0 Big Ten season with a 14-3 victory over Minnesota.
He recorded an interception in back-to-back games against Purdue and at Illinois.
Lewis made seven stops in MSUâ€™s 21-6 victory over South Florida.
As a junior, he ranked second on the team with a career-high 80 tackles (41 solos, 39 assists).
His career totals include 227 tackles, eight interceptions and 26 passes defended (18 pass break-ups) in 53 games, including 40 starting assignments. Lewis ranks 10th in MSU history with 158 career interception return yards. He posted double-figure tackles four times during his career. Lewis also was credited with five tackles for loss (9 yards).